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1972 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 488


KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

Mar 2 Jean-Bédel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Central African Republic

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
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  • Mar 2 NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter

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Mar 3 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • Mar 4 Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
  • Mar 4 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick, UK
  • Mar 4 Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
  • Mar 4 Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
  • Mar 6 Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
  • Mar 8 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
  • Mar 8 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
  • Mar 9 Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Mar 10 1st black US political convention opens in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 10 General Lon Nol becomes President & Prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
  • Mar 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 11 OPEC threatens "appropriate sanctions" against companies that "fail to comply with . . . any action taken by a Member Country in accordance with [OPEC] decisions."
  • Mar 14 Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry

  • Mar 15 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • Mar 15 NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle
  • Mar 15 Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer is also killed in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone

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Mar 17 Ringo Starr releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Mar 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 18 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • Mar 18 Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: "if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy"
  • Mar 19 India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
  • Mar 20 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
  • Mar 20 S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
  • Mar 20 Donegall Street bombing: the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonate its first car bomb on Donegall Street in Belfast; four civilians, two RUC officers and a UDR soldier killed while 148 people were wounded
  • Mar 21 US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote

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Mar 22 US Congress approves the Equal Rights Amendment (still not ratified)

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly
  • Mar 22 In Eisenstadt v. Baird the US Supreme Court rules unmarried people have same right to contraception as married people.
  • Mar 24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • Mar 26 William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching University of Kentucky
  • Mar 27 Venera 8 launches to explore Venus
  • Mar 27 Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster
  • Mar 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

  • Mar 30 North Vietnam launches a major conventional offensive against South Vietnam
  • Mar 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced

Historic CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Mar 31 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal Canadian Navy

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Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
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Apr 2 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin

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Apr 2 Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Apr 4 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
  • Apr 5 Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub
  • Apr 6 Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
  • Apr 6 The Scarman Tribunal Report, an inquiry into the causes of violence during the summer of 1969 in N Ireland, is published, finding that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had been seriously at fault
  • Apr 7 Three members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature bomb explosion in Belfast
  • Apr 9 USSR & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • Apr 10 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • Apr 10 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
  • Apr 10 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas
  • Apr 10 Two British soldiers are killed in a bomb attack in Derry
  • Apr 11 Benjamin L Hooks named to FCC
  • Apr 11 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes twenty-four bombs in towns and cities across Northern Ireland
  • Apr 15 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home
  • Apr 15 A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast.
  • Apr 16 Two giant pandas arrive in US from China
  • Apr 16 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
  • Apr 16 Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
  • Apr 17 Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
  • Apr 18 The Widgery Report on 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland is published, causing outrage among the people of Derry who call it the "Widgery Whitewash"
  • Apr 19 Bangladesh becomes a member of the British Commonwealth
  • Apr 19 Hungary revises its constitution to declare itself a socialist state
  • Apr 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Apr 19 British Prime Minister Edward Heath confirms that a plan to conduct an arrest operation, in the event of a riot during the march on 30 January 1972, was known to British government Ministers in advance

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Apr 20 Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
  • Apr 21 John Young & Charles Duke explores the Moon as part of mission Apollo 16
  • Apr 21 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
  • Apr 22 Apollo astronauts John Young & Charles Duke ride on the Moon
  • Apr 22 An 11-year-old boy killed by a rubber bullet fired by the British Army in Belfast; he was the first to die from a rubber bullet impact
  • Apr 23 26th Tony Awards: Sticks & Bones & 2 Gentlemen of Verona win
  • Apr 23 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
  • Apr 23 The Sunday Times Insight Team publish their account of the events of 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Apr 25 Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12
  • Apr 27 Apollo 16 returns to Earth
  • May 1 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
  • May 1 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
  • May 2 126 killed in an electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine, Kellogg, Idaho
  • May 2 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
  • May 4 "The Don't Make A Wave Committee," a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to the "Greenpeace Foundation"
  • May 5 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order
  • May 8 Sabena aircraft at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
  • May 10 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
  • May 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 10 An Irish Republican Army bomb starts a fire that destroys the Belfast Co-operative store
  • May 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 13 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi department store (Osaka Japan)
  • May 13 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupt between PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • May 14 A 13 year old Catholic girl is shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Ballymurphy, Belfast

MurderAssassination Attempt

May 15 Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland

Governor of Alabama and Segregationist George Wallace
Governor of Alabama and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • May 15 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims in Minia, Egypt
  • May 15 Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
  • May 15 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • May 16 Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
  • May 17 Netherlands & People's Republic of China exchange ambassadors

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Person of interestLouis Leakey

Oct 1 Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge), dies at 68

Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • Oct 5 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), dies at 64
  • Oct 9 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter, dies at 72
  • Oct 16 Hale Boggs, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
  • Oct 17 George, Crown Prince of Serbia, eldest son of King Peter I, dies at 85
  • Oct 20 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86
  • Oct 22 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudist/portraits), dies at 82
  • Oct 25 Norman Norell [Levinson], US fashion designer, dies at 72

Person of interestIgor Sikorsky

Oct 26 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky
  • Oct 30 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), dies at 84

Person of interestEzra Pound

Nov 1 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Throne), dies at 87

  • Nov 14 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 71
  • Nov 25 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, dies at 86
  • Nov 26 R. P. Keigwin, English academic, dies at 89
  • Nov 30 Neil H McElroy, soap manufacturer/minister of Defense (1957-59), dies

Person of interestAntonio Segni

Dec 1 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81

Prime Minister of Italy Antonio Segni
Prime Minister of Italy
Antonio Segni
  • Dec 2 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • Dec 2 Ip Man, Chinese martial artist, and a master teacher of Wing Chun, dies at 79
  • Dec 8 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash
  • Dec 9 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Mark van Doren, American poet and author (Happy Critic, Transients), dies at 78
  • Dec 11 Semjon I. Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • Dec 18 Neilia Biden, Joe Biden's first wife and their 13-month-old daughter Naomi, are killed in an automobile accident a few days before he takes office as the newly elected Senator for Delaware
  • Dec 21 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Andrej Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • Dec 24 Charles Atlas [Angelo Siciliano], Italian-American bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
  • Dec 25 C. Rajagopalachari, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India, dies at 94

Person of interestHarry Truman

Dec 26 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (Democrat: 1945-53), dies in Kansas City Mo at 88

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Person of interestLester B. Pearson

Dec 27 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel Peace Prize 1957), dies at 75

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson